Exterior of train on the Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle journey
Via Rail Canadian diners
Woman reading in bed on the Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto journey
Train going through mountains on the Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto journey
Woman admiring views on the Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto journey

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto

North America
15-day Independent Tour
Reverse Direction
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Overview

The Highlights

  • Spotting Canadian wildlife from trains’ domes—big-horned sheep, elk, black bears, bald eagles, osprey
  • Enjoying VIA Rail’s The Canadian, with all meals included, wine-tasting in the dome car, and your private compartment
  • Tasty meals in the lovely diners of The Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
  • Private tours of Banff, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway and Niagara Falls
  • Time to explore Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper
  • Riding on some of the best equipment in the world on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service, the double-decked dome cars with open-air platforms, and on The Canadian with its great dome observation cars
  • 10 nights in luxury hotels in Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Toronto. (note that one hotel night in Kamloops is considered moderate.)
  • 3 nights in comfortable Prestige Class cabin on The Canadian, with private bathroom, all meals and drinks included, more.

The Tour

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

Travel from the energetic and diverse port city of Vancouver through the stunning Canadian Rockies, across the Prairie provinces before arriving into Ontario’s capital of Toronto.

View westbound Trans-Canada Rail: Toronto-Vancouver itinerary.

Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto map

Countries Visited

  • Canada

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Overnight in a Signature Harbourview Room at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops

This morning, a private transfer will take you from the Fairmont Waterfront hotel to the Rocky Mountaineer train station. Enjoy your day on board the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf service. Overnight in Kamloops. (B,L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff

Enjoy another full day on the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf service. Once you arrive in Banff, transfer to the Rimrock Resort Hotel, where you will overnight in a Premium King room. (B, L)

Day 4: Private Banff Sightseeing

Begin the morning with included breakfast, after which you will enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Banff. Visit Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola is included. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in a Premium King Room. (B)

Day 5: Banff

Enjoy a day at leisure in Banff. Overnight at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in a Premium King Room. (B)

Day 6: Private tour of Banff to Lake Louise

Enjoy a half-day private tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Deluxe Lakeview Room. (B)

Day 7: Lake Louise

Enjoy a day at leisure in Lake Louise. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. (B)

Day 8: Private tour Lake Louise to Jasper

Priavte tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and a ride on an Ice Explorer. Overnight at the Jasper Park Lodge in a Deluxe Room. (B, L)

Day 9: Jasper

Enjoy a free day in Jasper. Overnight at the Jasper Park Lodge in a Deluxe Room. (B)

Day 10: VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto

This evening, a private transfer will take you to the Jasper train station, where you will begin your four-day VIA Rail journey on The Canadian across the Prairie Provinces and Ontario, with all meals on board included. Overnight on The Canadian in Prestige Class. (B, D)

Days 11-12: Onboard VIA Rail

Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on The Canadian in Prestige Class. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Toronto

Arrive in Toronto on The Canadian this morning. A private transfer will take you from the station to the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, for a two-night stay in a Deluxe Room. (B)

Day 14: Private tour of Niagara Falls

Enjoy a full-day private tour to Niagara Falls. Included is a boat tour to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening to stay overnight. (Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when the Niagara Falls boat tour is not operating.) Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in a Deluxe Room. (B, L)

Day 15: Toronto

Your Trans-Canada Rail Adventure ends with checkout from the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and a private sedan transfer to the airport. (B)

Dates & Prices

2021 Dates

April 15 - October 15 *

*Train operating season is late April through early October. Contact us for availability.

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars and do not include Canadian GST (5%) or fuel surcharge.
  • Pricing varies depending on the exact dates of travel.
  • We include GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and Prestige Class on the Canadian because we feel these classes are so superior to anything else offered on the train.
  • Room upgrades from the listed room types are available; please inquire. The tour operates in the early Spring and late into the fall – but we recommend choosing a more moderate time to travel, from June through August.

Our Process

This is a suggested itinerary for a wonderful private journey. It will be fully customized for you.  Please contact us at (800) 478-4881, or (502) 897-1725, or email us at tourdesk@irtsociety.com, to schedule a brief conversation with one of our specialists to discuss our process.

More

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

Time permitting, add a day at the beginning of your journey and experience an exciting day of whale watching in Victoria, where you’ll see orcas, humpbacks, and minkes.

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B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Note: The Vancouver-Toronto (eastbound) itinerary listed above is 15 days, with one fewer day in Jasper than the 16-day Toronto-Vancouver (westbound) itinerary. Please click here for the westbound itinerary.

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